Paul Simon Announces Final Show: 'Homeward Bound The Farewell Performance'

Paul Simon, 2016
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Paul Simon performs live on stage during a concert at Tempodrom on Oct. 20, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. 

Paul Simon has been publicly contemplating his retirement for more than a year now. At 76 years old, the Simon & Garfunkel and solo star appears to have officially booked his final gig, or at least his British farewell.

According to a post from the Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival, Simon is slated to close the event on July 15 with special guests James Taylor & His All-Star Band and Bonnie Raitt in what is being billed as "Paul Simon: Homeward Bound The Farewell Performance."

The poster promises more guests to be announced for the show, with pre-sale kicking off on Thursday (Feb. 1). Simon will close the massive summer festival, which will kick off on July 6 with Roger Waters and feature a July 7 show with Interpol, Goldfrapp, Editors, Ride, Slowdive and more, followed by Eric Clapton, Santana, Steve Winwood and Gary Clark Jr. (July 8), Michael Bubl√© (july 13) and Bruno Mars and Khalid (July 14).

A spokesperson for Simon could not be reached for comment about whether the BST show will be his final British performance or his last show ever. Over the course of a 60-year career the 12-time Grammy winner and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member has appeared in more than a dozen movies, composed a Broadway musical and released 13 solo albums, the most recent of which was 2016's Stranger to Stranger.


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